Growing up in
usually peaceful Wauwatosa, Paul Hoffman heard about the tragic —
and unsolved — murder of 8-year-old Buddy Schumacher that happened
decades earlier. "When I was little, my family bought a house
from Buddy Schumacher’s father. The old lady next door used to tell
me that she knew who murdered Buddy," Hoffman says. The police
investigation resulted in charges against two men who were never
prosecuted after witnesses refused to testify. Years passed, Hoffman
became a journalist and moved away to Columbus, Ind., but he never
forgot about Buddy. "I kept planning to write the book, but life
always got in the way. Finally, four years ago, I decided it was time.
There were just too many questions," he says.
research led him to some of Schumacher’s relatives who were eager to
share their memories. "Two of his nephews contributed so much
information, I am really in their debt," he says. "There is
still more to learn, but I’m saving that for the movie." The
book is available on Amazon.com.
by Barb Joosse and Renee
A deep affection
for small-town life in Cedarburg prompted internationally known
children’s author Barb Joosse and illustrator Renée Graef to
celebrate it in a new book. "‘Cedarburg’ is about a little
gang of pals having an adventure. The characters are animals rather
than humans, but if you look closely, you might recognize some
familiar characters in the town," Joosse says. Although aimed at
children, adults will have a wonderful time reading the story and
enjoying the colorful illustrations. "This book has been
hand-crafted by Renée and me, a true collaboration. It’s a
valentine to the town we love," she says. The book can be
purchased in locations throughout Cedarburg, and all proceeds go to
the endowment of the Cedarburg Cultural Center.
recently collaborated on an album for children with a songwriting team
from Nashville. "Some of the songs are connected to my
books," she says. Even more exciting, the album is on the first
ballot for a Grammy Award.
An Excavation of Art' by
After a look at
this coffee table book about the iconic Pabst Brewery, you’d never
know that it was conceived and designed by an amateur photographer and
author. Paul Bialas, a pharmaceutical representative who takes photos
in his spare time, had been intrigued for years by the old, empty
Pabst Brewery buildings and what they meant to Milwaukee’s history
and culture. "I thought I might put together a book for myself
and some of my friends, but the project took on a life of its
own," Bialas says. Included are six chapters of photos of the
brew house, malt house, bottle house, administration buildings, Pabst
Farms and the Pabst Mansion. "Walking through those old
buildings, I could feel the ghosts of the workers. Some of the rooms
still had items belonging to them," he says.
to interview some former Pabst employees who shared their memories of
the old days, and some of those conversations are included on a CD
that accompanies the book. To top it off, the introduction was written
by Pabst heir August U. Pabst. "I spent more than 300 hours
completing this project," Bialas says. Bialas will be signing his
books at Best Place Milwaukee on Jan. 26. See www.lakecountryphoto.com
for more details or find the book at Amazon.com.
Milwaukee Public School Houses’ by
man-about-town for OnMilwaukee.com, Bobby Tanzilo has always been
interested in the good old days. As a mass comm major, he specialized
in history. But Tanzilo really got into it all to learn more about his
extended Italian family and expects to write a book about them some
Tanzilo’s works already has an ethnic touch. His "The Milwaukee
Police Station Bombing of 1917" (The History Press, 2010) dealt
with the city’s Italian anarchists.
latest volume, "Historic Milwaukee Public School Houses," is
much more benign. Also with The History Press, the book came out this
past summer and showcases many of these architectural gems and their
great architects. The idea germinated out of his youthful experiences
attending classes in old school buildings.
In this case,
the process came together quickly. "I saw a picture of Garfield
Avenue School somewhere and realized that even though I drive past it
all the time, I’d never really stopped to look at it," he
recalls. That led to a blog posting about it, which led to additional
commentaries. Facebook friends, seeing his photos, said he should
write a book. So Tanzilo pitched the idea to The History Press and
they said, "Do it!"
"I was so
interested in this subject that I never really had trouble finding
time to get it together," he says. "I was lucky that MPS’
facilities and maintenance division has a pretty good archive and
really amazingly friendly and helpful folks that let me in and trusted
me to treat the archive with respect. There’s no way I could have
done this book without them."